Mon, 22 Oct 2001 12:22:32 -0700
> > > Unplanned shutdown of the House of Reps? That qualifies, doesn't it?
> > How big is congress? ~500 people?
> With a dozen or two staff each, plus leadership and committee staffs,
> etc., etc. ...
so perhaps a large hotel or convention
center would be less inconvenient than
a high school gym.
Still, their main job is to assemble
and to deliberate -- and if we expect
that the average congresscritter can
remember to whom he or she sold out
then we also should expect them to be
capable of conducting business (if not
as efficiently) in another location*.
As some countries have discovered, a
working democracy isn't produced with
the hardware of fancy parliamentary
buildings; it's produced with wetware,
with the ability of individuals to
collectively make sausage-law.
* The meetings which were to start
the revolution in France couldn't
be held in the usual chambers (as
those had been closed by the King),
so instead they simply convened in
a local indoor tennis court.